France is a largely rural country at the heart of Western Europe. The capital city is Paris, a must-visit towards the north of the country. If you hire a car in France, you'll be able to see how the landscape varies from the flat cultivated farmland of the north to mountainous regions in the south. Because it faces the Atlantic, the English Channel and the Mediterranean, France is home to some of Europe's most varied coastal attractions: from the rugged rocky shores of Brittany to the long sands of Aquitaine, and from the pretty coves of Cote D'Azur to the bracing sand dunes of Normandy.